Preventing Crime in your Community

A wide range of strategies are used to reduce criminal activity. These include educational programs, crime reporting programs, community development programs (which address socio-economic factors or other risk factors related to criminal behaviour or neighbourhood safety), programs that protect against victimization (e.g. Block Parents), and activities designed to reduce criminal re-occurrence.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.

You may also find helpful resources listed under these legal topics: Crime prevention, Public safetyInternet safety, Consumer protection and fraud, Gun control

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Alberta Resources

Through a partnership of nine government ministries, police, community groups, municipalities, businesses and social agencies, Alberta's Safe Communities Initiative works to address the impact crime is having on our communities, and find meaningful, long-term solutions. This section of the Alberta Justice and Attorney General website provides information about the ongoing work and priorities of the initiative and links to further resources.

Related legal topic(s): Crime prevention

Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security is responsible for supporting and promoting crime prevention and for advancing restorative justice initiatives. This website provides fact sheets and information for the public about various issues like Rural Crime Prevention, Personal Safety, and Business Security Fraud Prevention.
Related legal topic(s): Crime prevention, Restorative justice

REACH is Edmonton's Council for Safe Communities. REACH is a community-based organization working to mobilize and coordinate organizations, community groups and Edmontonians to find innovative solutions to prevention and community safety.

Related legal topic(s): Consumer protection and fraud, Credit and debt, Crime prevention, Gangs, Multiculturalism, Prostitution and pornography, Public safety, School safety, Sexual harassment

The Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA) represents individuals and organizations interested in preventing and reducing crime in Alberta communities. More recently, an area of crime prevention that has become increasingly important to the growth of ACCPA is Crime Prevention Through Social Development (CPSD). Communities using the CPSD model address root causes of crime such as youth alienation, illiteracy, poverty, and abuse, and try to intervene earlier in childhood development to prevent future criminal and antisocial behaviour.
Related legal topic(s): Crime prevention